William Barnwell

In the great age of entrepreneurs, a group of over-the-hill-schemers try to achieve the American Dream in dubious battle

Scheme-of-the-Month Club

In a world of entrepreneurs gone rabid, a wannabe serial criminal is thwarted by himself and an equally dysfunctional assortment of characters in a Southern city, including a gay hitman, a blind boxer and his idiot son, a Latin scholar, a cheerleader and her anxious quarterback husband, a bodybuilder and his wolf, the beautiful secretary of a bank president and a killer totem pole from South America.

They all learn a valuable lesson.

This is a review of The Scheme-of-the-Month Club when it came out in 2002. I have tried to add this several ways, but unless you have very good eyes, you may need a magnifying glass to read it clearly. However, it does say good things about the book and its concept, linking it to the kind of social satire Carl Hiaasen locates in Florida.

A contemporary thriller. See insert of part of Chapter 1.
When a group of over-the-hill entrepreneurs are working on at least one scheme a month, one of them has to work, right?
Barnwell has recently finished his ninth novel, a contemporary economic thriller, Practicing Resurrection, about a man who feels he was personally responsible for starting the Great Depression, and a family that has held the secret of an even bigger economic conspiracy dating back to 1913, but leading to bizarre murders in our time.
This novel is a prequel to the Blessing Papers series when an ancestor discovers a living metal that can destroy the world. The Blessing family vows to stop it.
With the loss of the ability to read, the world disintegrates. In the afterlife, in an Ireland of the future, a young man searches for reasons for the Fall and how to put it back together.
With all his doubts, how will Turly Vail/Blessing safely unlock the precious secret of the Blessing Papers?
Turly Blessing makes his way through arid valleys and the Lower Mountains, and his courage becomes the final test for the future of all things in the rise and fall of the sigma curve.
Young Adult Novel
In school, students, drugs, gangs and new challenges clash at an inner-city school under great pressure to do well. A strange narrator and a compelling outsider act together to either meet the challenge, or lose everything. I, Lord Several, an alt/punk rework of an earlier short story is being issued as a magazine serial as in the days of Charles Dickens. See first page of website with overview. See insert of Chapter 1.
Writing as a craft
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